What do you like from TJ's?
I enjoy their beef taquitos, pub cheese, chocolate chip and triple-ginger cookies, salsas, chips, and fruit flavored sodas. Not a huge fan of their frozen meals -- too salty. I also like their bath products, especially their tea tree body wash.
What products do you like at Trader's?
I like their masala simmer sauce. I'm making it tonight.
Big & Chunky applesauce, Belgian chocolate pudding, eggnog and coconut water.
The masala veggie burgers are ridiculously good. I'm not even a vegetarian, but I buy them because they are so delicious. It's made of potatoes, vegetables and Indian spices. I eat it as a burger in a bun, but will also have a patty with a slice of toast and an egg for breakfast. My nieces and nephews even eat them saying they taste like round spicy tater tots.
Ginger-almond oatmeal exfoliant soap
Cereals (especially Maple Pecan Clusters).
Dark Chocolate (but not the organic one)
Spring onion ramen
Sweet potato gnocchi, TJ's Dark coffee, hummus. The salads are good too.
Frozen pot stickers and Gyoza(?) sauce are pretty good.
Frozen steelcut oatmeal
They have good canned smoked trout, and it's at a great price.
OP here - just used their frozen seafood medley in a casserole, and it's quite tasty.
Taylor in produce.
TJ's brand Prosciutto
Maple Brown Sugar Shredded Wheat
We ain't got no Trader Joe's -- where they at?
Must be some dinky expensive mid-west chain.
[quote]chocolate chip and triple-ginger cookies
That sounds disgusting. Chocolate does not go with ginger at all, much less triple the amount!
Good prices on energy bars
Juices are great. Pear Cider is a new good one, and Blackberry Crush, and the classic Lemon-Ginger-Echinacea, good to stockpile that one for cold/flu season
Boxed liquid soups (sweet potato bisque, roasted red pepper, etc) are very good, I always keep a few on hand and use them in quick improv meals
Gluten-Free toaster waffles, these taste so good
Their greek yogurt is a bargain compared to all those foofy brands
Canned wild salmon... whatta bargain, $2.79 a 15 oz can
Almond butter, another bargain... almost half the cost of the stuff at wholefoods, but identical good quality
If you are willing to slum (in terms of branding/image) in the bath/beauty products area, honestly their TJ moisturizers are very good basic skin care products.
Szechuan Style Spicy Beef & Broccoli, in the frozen food section.
Chicken pot pies.
Apple chicken sausage.
All the cookies.
Their lemon curd is excellent.
Smoked salmon range is good and a bargain.
The brie with the pink label is very good and fresh and only around $5 a pound. Brie at the regular supermarket is twice the price and usually old and rubbery.
Their Garden Patch vegetable juice. That's pretty much it. Some of their raw nuts.
Bengali in Platforms
We ain't got no Trader Joe's -- where they at?
They are in places where people speak properly. Tough luck for you then
At one point they had a really good been soup but I haven't been able to find it lately.
Hmm, I'm going to have to try the veggie Indian burgers. I assume they're in the freezer section, r3?
I like to buy their bagged lettuces but they often go bad well before the expiration date. If I don't use the bagged lettuce within two or three days, it turns to mush. Anyone else have this problem? And the expiration date is always days away.
I love the camparelli tomoatoes or whatever they're called. Some of the fresh produce, the dairy, the yogurt, etc. Love the cheeses. My favorite cheese is the Israeli feta. OMG, so good. It's got a little brine in it, keeps it moist. It's made with sheep's milk so it's got a tangy bite to it.
I buy the bay blend coffee whole bean. Nut butters and the CORNICHONS. Those are ridiculously delicious. I can't eat regular pickles anymore.
Boxed soups, spices and the frozen cannoli. I know it's hard to believe but the frozen cannoli are so delicious.
Is their mochi(japanese dessert) any good?
They have horrible quality contr problems with their house brand products. Eat that crap at your own risk.
OMG the blood orange soda.
Their gingerbread mix makes the best gingerbread I've ever had & I've tried a lot of recipes.
I like the wholewheat pizza dough -- I divide it in half & freeze it.
Agree with whoever endorsed the pumpkin butter -- it's only available in Autumn & Winter, so stock up -- really excellent.
[quote]That sounds disgusting. Chocolate does not go with ginger at all, much less triple the amount!
Two different kinds of cookies. And the Triple Ginger cookies are amazing.
[quote]Is their mochi(japanese dessert) any good?
Yes, especially the mango flavored ones.
Thanks, R29. I tried what I think was mochi as a little kid(some doughy, japanese dessert thing) didn't like it at the time, but remember the taste and now think I'd like it. Could I be describing any other japanese food? It tasted a bit like sake, so I figured it was rice based.
Also, do any other major stores carry it?
I love their wasabe raviolis. ...also the organic baby alpaca cheese.
[quote]Is their mochi(japanese dessert) any good?
Yes, but only the Japanese brand. Their Trader Joe brand is so horrible that I had to throw it out. Their mochi wrappers were the wrong consistency and tasted like hard gummy paper. And they used coconut ice milk instead of ice cream. The whole product was such a failure that I think they discontinued it.
Thanks R32. Do you know the name of the japanese brand, BTW?
Thanks, R38. Do they have flavors besides chocolate? Also, how authentic do they taste?
They have vanilla, strawberry, mango, coffee, red bean, and green tea. They are the original authentic brand.
Thanks. Anybody know where you can get mochi without ice cream in it? Although I will try the ice cream type, too.
Their frozen pizza is the best.
My podunk Arizona town is getting one, due to open in February, and not without controversy. Our trademark Tea-idiots protested the city's sweet, sweet deal with TJ's as 'socialism' and threatened a boycott, but I'm sure they'll be changing their tune.
So many of these products you love I find detestable, gross, and disgusting.
Are you the same folks who eat at McDonald's?
I like the organic pasta, the risotto, the fresh pomegranates and some of the cheeses along with the peta crackers.
Not a fan of prepared pre-fab food.
I hardly ever shop there anymore as it is too time consuming to read all the labels for country of origin - an awful lot is imported from China.
Triple ginger cookies are great.
The most popular kind at TJ's. They are on back order fro about one month already in No. Calif.
Triple Ginger cookies are horrible. They taste of sugar and not ginger. Very bad product.
Trader Joe's merchandise changes and things aren't always available. My favorites from year ago were Wasabi Cashews.
[quote]"I like the organic pasta, the risotto, the fresh pomegranates and some of the cheeses along with the peta crackers." --R44
R44 suffers from carbface.
Traders Joe's does some very ignorant things when it comes to labeling (mislabeling) food.
They scream their bacon is UNCURED when it is in fact cured with salt and sugar.
They mean to say nitrate free but instead say uncured.
They just sound idiotic when they say those things.
[quote]So many of these products you love I find detestable, gross, and disgusting.
Thanks for sharing that.
dark chocolate covered caramels
Much of their "house brand" items are from other manufacturers. Their Highbrow Chocolate Chip cookies are actually Tate's brand cookies.
I don't get your tone, R53. Do you think other food retailers don't do the same thing? Tate's cookies are not available where I live, but TJs is. It's also probably that TJs sells Tate's cookies for less. I don't see any downside there.
What "tone"? Somebody upthread said that Trader Joe's has problems with quality control with their house brand. I was pointing out that 80% of Trader Joe's "house brand" is from a variety of non-Trader Joe sources, so quality control is something Trader Joe's doesn't deal with.
The real manufacturers deal with it. TJ's just disributes the products.
Okay. Now I understand, R56. I read the Chowhound article where posters were accusing TJs of collusion and I thought you were saying the same thing.
no one mentioned Pumpkin Ice Cream? it's pretty rare, but delicious
Get the Cookie Butter. It's like peanut butter but instead of ground up peanuts, it's made from ground up cookies. Spread it on toast or bagels or baked potatoes.
TJ's Thai Red Curry Sauce is terrific. Use it to dress some rice and some vegetables and/or meats, and you've got a fast and delicious dinner.
The yellow and green... not so much.
Do they still make goose liver pate? Also, I liked their Madrigal cheese. Haven't been back in a long time.
I've never seen goose liver pate.
Rosemary Marcona Almonds.....
The only thing I hate from TJs is their flour. They used to sell King Arthur's, but they started carrying their own store brand. It's gritty and awful.
Get the caviar. Spread it on pancakes. Delish and sure to impress any guest.
Candy Cane Joe Joes. ' Nuff said.
Dark Chocolate Minty Mallows! On the shelves now!
Last week, I tried a little box of dark chocolate caramels sprinkled with kosher salt that were amazing. They were being marketed as a Christmas item. Look for them!
The chocolate covered, peanut butter filled pretzels are completely addictive. I can only buy them if I'm having people over.
I just bought some Oatmeal Cranberry Dunkers with White Fudge Drizzle and I can't stop eating them, they are so good.
[quote]The only thing I hate from TJs is their flour. They used to sell King Arthur's, but they started carrying their own store brand. It's gritty and awful.
Flour is one of the few things I won't buy as a generic. I tried Safeway's and my baked pancakes were as flat and tough a hockey pucks.
I love the peanut butter-filled chocolate-covered pretzels too. And, I just bought a couple of boxes of the chocolate-covered salted caramels...taking them home with me at Christmas.